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SMC Demographics & Diversity

Santa Monica, California

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Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity
Very High

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at SMC are predominantly Hispanic with a sizeable White population. The school has very high racial diversity. 74% percent of students are minorities or people of color (BIPOC). The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

Santa Monica College has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and is eligible for federal grants supporting the school's efforts to serve Hispanic Americans.

Racial demographics of Santa Monica College students
Race Percent of Students
White 26%
Black 9%
Hispanic 38%
Asian 10%
American Indian / Alaskan 0%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
International 11%
Race Unknown 1%

Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity

There are 33% more female students than male students enrolled at Santa Monica College with a gender ratio of 57% women to 43% men. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, SMC has a lower gender diversity than other US colleges and is slightly less inclusive of males.

Male to female gender ratio for Santa Monica College students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 43%
Women 57%
Enrollment by gender for Santa Monica College students
Gender Number of Students
Men 11,153
Women 14,795

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity
Very Low

SMC serves a very low number of students outside of California, with 81 percent of the student body residing in-state.

Enrollment by geographic location for Santa Monica College students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 81%
Out of State 0%
Foreign 9%
Unknown Location 11%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$54,172 per year

38% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 28.1%
Part time Undergrads 60.1%

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=122977 IPEDS survey data for Santa Monica College.